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First Territorial Capitol State Historic Site, Fort RileyFirst Territorial Capitol State Historic Site, Fort RileyFirst Territorial Capitol State Historic Site, Fort Riley

First Territorial Capitol - Plan your visit

For four days in 1855 Governor Andrew Reeder and the territorial legislature met here. Their actions here would help lead to the Civil War. Away from the influence of proslavery influence of Missouri the legislature planned to choose a permanent seat of government, create a constitution, and decide if Kansas would be a free or slave state. Discover the stories of territorial Kansas here alongside the beauty of the Kaw River nature trail. Operated with Partners of First Territorial Capitol.


  • April - October
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday
    12 - 5 p.m. Sunday
  • November - February by appointment
  • Closed holidays


  • First Territorial Capitol State Historic SiteSuggested contribution: $3 adults, $1 students; Kansas Historical Foundation members and children five and younger admitted free
  • Portions ADA accessible. Please notify us prior to your visit if you or a member of your party requires accommodation for special needs or disabilities.
  • This site is located on a U.S. Army post. All visitors are required to present photo ID, car insurance papers, and registration.

Admission for tour groups

  • Groups rates available with prior notice


Museum Store

  • Find gifts and souvenirs related to the site at the Museum Store.

History of First Territorial Capitol

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